(August 12, 1906 — February 19, 1972), was an American animated cartoon writer
. Pierce spent the majority of his career as a writer for the Warner Bros.
" animation studio, working alongside fellow luminaries such as Chuck Jones
and Michael Maltese
. Pierce also worked as a writer at Fleischer Studios
from 1939 to 1941. Jones credited Pierce in his 1989 autobiography Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist
as being the inspiration for the character Pepé Le Pew
, the haplessly romantic French skunk
due to Pierce's self-proclamation that he was a ladies' man .
In early credits he was shown as "Ted Pierce". He was said to have added an extra "d" to his name as a way of lampooning puppeteer Bil Baird
when he dropped one of the Ls from his first name.
He contributed (with Bill Danch) the story of the 1962 Tom and Jerry
cartoon Tall in the Trap
, directed by Gene Deitch
. Originally the cartoon would have starred Sylvester
and Speedy Gonzales
and would have been directed by Robert McKimson
. However, McKimson disapproved of the storyline, and decided not to use it. Instead, Pierce sold it to Danch and Deitch, who were desperately looking for suitable storylines for Tom and Jerry.
In his Warners career, Pierce worked with three of the three best-known Warner animation directors (Jones, McKimson and Friz Freleng
). He contributed many notable storylines for all three of them,... Read More